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2019 Distinguished Alumnus Award Call for Nominations
Next week is the deadline to submit nominations for the AASCU Distinguished Alumnus Award (DAA)! The award is presented to an individual who has achieved acclaim in her or his field and who has made a significant contribution to the public, intellectual or cultural life of the nation. To learn more about the nomination and selection process for the 2019 DAA, to view recipients and to access the nomination form, visit aascu.org/association/DAA.

AASCU Policy Paper
The August 2017 “Fiscal and State Policy Issues Affecting Postsecondary Education” policy paper provides an overview of the national and state economic and revenue conditions affecting public colleges and universities. In addition, it provides information on tuition changes for a number of public college and university systems and a review of leading policy changes that have occurred in the states this year. Read the paper here.

Summer 2017 Issue of Public Purpose Magazine
Check out the latest issue of our quarterly magazine, Public Purpose. Topics include case studies from our Opportunities for All campaign and articles that show the changing landscape of campus leadership in the 21st century. Read the issue here.

2017 October China EXPO and Forum
This October, we will return to China for our 16th year to co-sponsor the annual Sino-American Conference, coordinated alongside our Chinese partner organization, the China Education Association of International Exchange (CEAIE). For further information, registration instructions and itinerary options, please visit our website.

New Photo Galleries
The photo galleries are up from the 2017 AASCU Summer Council of Presidents, held July 14-18 in Boston, Mass., and the 2017 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting, held June 7-10 in Baltimore, Md.



Arkansas Tech University
An international partnership brought 52 high school students and teachers from China to Arkansas Tech University (ATU) for the 2017 ATU Great American Adventure Camp. Hosted by the International and Multicultural Student Services Office and the English Language Institute at ATU, the camp combined classroom instruction in English with cultural opportunities. Read more

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
A group of 25 students from two universities in China came to the United States for a three-week program called the East Stroudsburg University Sport Science Symposium. The symposium, now in its third year, is specifically designed for college students and professors of sport-related majors. This year the students came to East Stroudsburg University from Beijing Sport University and Chengdu Sport University. Read more

Keene State College (N.H.)
Keene State College has joined Antioch University New England, Greenfield Community College and the School for International Training to launch the Ecovation Hub Education and Training Consortium, which is dedicated to bringing broader green economy opportunities to the tri-state area of Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
The University of Arkansas (UA) at Little Rock is starting a pilot mentoring program to help youth offenders successfully re-enter society after confinement in the juvenile justice system. UA Little Rock students will mentor young offenders as they transition out of residential facilities and back into their communities. Read more

West Chester University (Penn.)
In July, 25 hand-picked seniors from the Philadelphia School District spent a week at West Chester University (WCU) learning to connect their online creativity with social change. These gamers and media developers were invited participants in WCU’s new summer academy for interdisciplinary culture, arts and media production: iCamp. Its “clients” were Philadelphia-based organizations Fab Youth Philly and the Advocate Center for Culture and Education, as well as WCU’s Academic Development Program. Read more



Worth Noting

2017-2018 Colleges of Distinction
Colleges of Distinction recognizes smaller, teaching-centered colleges that have engaged students, great teaching, a vibrant community and successful outcomes. A number of AASCU member schools are included in the 2017-2018 listing. Read more

Great Colleges to Work For
Several AASCU member institutions have been named “Great Colleges to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The results are based on survey responses from over 45,000 people at 232 institutions. Read more



Grants and Gifts

Bemidji State University (Minn.)
Bemidji State University will improve diversity in the nation’s nursing workforce by offering significant scholarships and cultural support to American Indian nursing students. The Niganawenimaanaanig project—an Ojibwe word meaning “we take care of them”—is funded by a $499,887 U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Nursing Workforce Diversity grant. Eligible students receive $4,000 scholarships and monthly stipends and meet with academic and cultural mentors. Read more

Frostburg State University (Md.)
Frostburg has been awarded a $37,203 AmeriCorps targeted priority grant to fund Western Maryland’s Conquering Opiate Abuse Together program, which will help fight the growing epidemic in Maryland’s four westernmost counties. AmeriCorps members will actively engage the public to connect addicted people and family members with existing resources in their communities. Read more

Keene State College (N.H.)
Keene State College’s Redfern Arts Center was awarded $25,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts. The funds are dedicated to programming that explores identity, culture and drug and alcohol addiction. Read more

San Diego State University (Calif.)
San Diego State University received $134 million in research grants and contracts last fiscal year—up from up from $130 million in 2015-16. Faculty and staff won 783 awards in 2016-17—an 11 percent increase compared to last year—providing funding for faculty and student research, department projects and other university initiatives. Major funders included governmental organizations such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Read more

State University of New York at Geneseo
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has awarded Geneseo Professor of Biology Kevin Militello a three-year grant of nearly $460,000 to help fund undergraduate research support in Militello’s lab. He is looking for new drug targets in the parasite that causes trypanosomiasis, commonly known as African sleeping sickness. Read more

State University of New York at Oneonta
State University of New York (SUNY) Oneonta has received a $354,439 grant from the National Science Foundation to support a project giving pre-service Earth science teachers the chance to design and build their own models of particularly complex or abstract Earth processes and concepts. Read more

St. Cloud State University (Minn.)
A five-year, $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation will help more low-income college students complete their bachelor’s degree at St. Cloud State University in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The Academic Collaboration and Coordination Model to Ensure Student Success in STEM (ACCESS STEM) partnership earned the $5 million Scholarships in STEM (S-STEM) grant to provide scholarships to students at St. Cloud State and four partnering community colleges. Read more

Troy University (Ala.)
Troy University researchers have been awarded a two-year, $519,853 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies (RESTORE) Science Program that will identify where living shorelines are the most appropriate erosion control solution to protect tidal shorelines at various sites along the Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Chris Boyd of Troy’s Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences is the lead investigator on the project, while Dr. Xutong Niu from the Department of Mathematics and Geomatics is among the co-investigators. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • A UA Little Rock researcher has received funding from the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) to improve cybersecurity skills for students and the general population. Dr. Mengjun Xie, UA Little Rock associate professor of computer science, is working to build a virtual cybersecurity lab. He recently received an $85,912 addition to his original NSA grant, bringing the total NSA funding for the project to $124,527. Read more
  • A UA Little Rock professor has received a $35,000 grant to continue his long history of assisting the City of Little Rock with its Mosquito Surveillance and Control Program. Dr. Carl Stapleton, associate professor of biology and director of the Environmental Health Sciences Program at UA Little Rock, has spent 15 years monitoring mosquitoes for Little Rock. Read more

University of North Georgia
Several University of North Georgia faculty members are developing innovative ways to increase student success and to reduce course costs through a total of $53,600 in new grants from the University System of Georgia. The grants provide an opportunity to incorporate current research in teaching and learning to engage students in new and innovative ways, while reducing students’ cost to zero. Read more

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) Biology Professor Scott Cooper received a $338,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health. It will support his research that works to prevent heart attacks and strokes, and gives up to 30 UWL students research experience each semester. Read more

Western Washington University
Chemistry Professor Tim Kowalczyk has been awarded a three-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to research predictive modeling of photoactive materials. Read more




Angelo State University (Texas)
Angelo State University (ASU) hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of the new Hunter Strain Engineering Laboratories. Construction of the new 8,500-square-foot facility was funded by an anonymous gift donated in the spring of 2014. Ground was broken in October 2016, and the ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the opening of the first new academic building on the main ASU campus since 2005. Read more

Arkansas State University
In 1928, acclaimed author and Nobel Prize winner Ernest Hemingway penned portions of one of the most enduring war novels in American literature, “A Farewell to Arms,” at the home of his second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer, in Piggott, Ark. Hemingway’s studio at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center is now the site of an all-expense-paid weekend writing retreat for military veterans that will be held Friday through Sunday, Sept. 15-17. Applications are being accepted until Friday, Aug. 25. Read more

St. Cloud State University (Minn.)
Leaders at St. Cloud State University and St. Cloud Technical & Community College (SCTCC) this July celebrated an expansion of the institutions’ successful partnership to better serve students and the community. St. Cloud State Interim President Ashish Vaidya, SCTCC President Joyce Helens and incoming SCTCC Interim President Lori Kloos joined together to sign a Student Transfer and Program Development Partnership Agreement to reaffirm their commitment to developing collaborations. Read more

University of North Georgia
This spring, all 300 graduates from the University of North Georgia’s College of Education passed the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE), Georgia's state-approved certification assessment for potential public school educators. GACE helps the Georgia Professional Standards Commission attain its goal of ensuring teaching candidates have the necessary knowledge and skill set to perform the job as an educator in the state school system. Read more